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Chicago Blackhawks Broadcaster Eddie Olczyk Opens Up On Cancer Fight

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CHICAGO, IL - OCTOBER 07: A fan holds a sign for Eddie Olczyk at the United Center on October 7, 2017 in Chicago, Illinois. (Photo by Bill Smith/NHLI via Getty Images)
CHICAGO, IL - OCTOBER 07: A fan holds a sign for Eddie Olczyk at the United Center on October 7, 2017 in Chicago, Illinois. (Photo by Bill Smith/NHLI via Getty Images) /
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For the first time this season since being diagnosed with colon cancer, Chicago Blackhawks and NHL television broadcaster Eddie Olczyk will be in the booth today to call the game between the Blackhawks and St. Louis Blues

It’s probably safe to say there is nobody in this world — Chicago Blackhawks fan or otherwise — who hasn’t been influenced in some way by cancer. It’s something that flips your world on its head and makes your realize the important things in life.

When the news came out that Chicago Blackhawks/NBC TV broadcaster and former Blackhawk Eddie Olczyk had been diagnosed with colon cancer, the hockey community came out in waves to support one of the great ambassadors of the game.

Since his treatment began, Olczyk has been resting his body and fighting a disease that he never saw coming. His struggles with pain, quiet time and mental struggles have created a new prioritization in his life, focused on family. His commitment to raising awareness for colon cancer only channels the inner hockey player in him, thinking about others in times of his own struggle.

Edzo joined Blackhawks play-by-play voice Pay Foley during the first intermission of a Blackhawks game a couple weeks ago and gave an emotional update on his health.

This week, Olczyk joined the Roe Conn Show on WGN Radio to talk about his long road back to the broadcast booth.

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